A lot of us want to control every aspect of our lives – even those areas where we really have no control. This quote reminds us to remain present and enjoy the here and now. Worrying about things you cannot control takes away your ability to live in the present.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.Les Brown
I absolutely love this quote because it faces you think: am I truly living my dreams or am I living my fears? That is a legit question. Many people may say they are living their dreams. But when they think about every time, they second guessed themselves or not giving 100% of their effort into something, the answer may change. A lot of people live at least a portion of their lives in fear. Some of this fear may be legit but some of it may be fueled by things that can be controlled. The following are a few ways you can begin living your dreams.
Find the Source of Your Fear
This may take a bit of time, but it is imperative that you find the true source of your fear. Once you determine the source of your fears, you can begin to break whatever it is into small, manageable chunks so you can overcome it and truly begin to live your best life. Some of the solutions to overcoming these fears may require the assistance of a counselor or therapist. It will be worth to really take the time to really dig and find the source of your fear so that you can live your life freely.
Change Your Mindset
Sometimes we start out living our lives vicariously, but we end up living lives filled with fear due to our mindsets that may shift over time. We sometimes start out with growth mindsets where everything is going well and all breaks are seeming to go our way. When all is well it is quite easy to believe that you can learn more, work harder, and keep reaching for your goals. However, if you have a fixed mindset and you have allowed fear to creep in, then fear will become a part of your thinking and it will be difficult to move forward. To be successful, you must minimize any fear that you are experiencing and adopt a growth mindset.
If fear has crept into your life and seems to occupy most of your thoughts, you can attempt to control it through various methods. Meditation is one technique can be used to help you face your fear and make it less intimidating. Deep breathing can also be helpful when you need to move forward but you begin to feel fear creep in. This deep breathing can help calm you until the fear subsides. Journaling can also be a technique to put your thoughts on paper and work through your fears through your entries. You will be able to look back and see how you have overcome your fears in the past to motivate you to work toward overcoming them now. Also, positive thinking and reframing of negative thoughts into positive ones can help your fears not to appear to be so big that you cannot overcome them.
Do Not Give Fear Energy
Feeling fear is sometimes just a part of living. When you are trying something new or in an unfamiliar situation, fear is likely to arise. The main thing is to not lean into the fear. This can be challenging but the most beneficial thing to do is to let the fear come, acknowledge it, and then let it pass. It can sometimes be challenging, and this may take a lot of practice. Denying fear, the opportunity to completely consume you will take time and practice.
Do you feel as if you live life fearlessly? What advice would you give those who strive to live fearlessly?